Manchester United's Europa League match at LASK on Thursday is facing being played behind closed doors.

Austrian health minister Rudolf Anschober said on Tuesday that all outdoor events with more than 500 people would be not be allowed until mid-April.

The PA news agency understands UEFA has been in contact with both clubs as well as local and national authorities ahead of the last-16 first leg in Linz, where local media has suggested the match will be behind closed doors.

LASK said in statement posted on their English Twitter feed: "Following a statement from Austrian Chancellor (Sebastian) Kurz, Health Minister Anschober; Interior Minister (Karl) Nehammer, we ask your patience at this time and more information will be available soon.

"Health Minister Anschober says that football matches will still go ahead meaning that no @EuropaLeague or @OEFBL games will be cancelled, but may be played behind closed doors. More information as the situation develops." 

Meanwhile, Barcelona's Champions League home match with Napoli on 18 March will be played behind closed doors, the La Liga club have announced.

The second leg at the Camp Nou will take place with no fans in attendance due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

La Liga matches will also be played without fans for at least the next two rounds of fixtures to try and stop the spread of the virus, the Spanish league said on Tuesday.

It follows Paris Saint-Germain and Olympiacos putting similar measures in place for their European fixtures with Borussia Dortmund and Wolves this week, with both matches now being played behind closed doors.

A statement from Barcelona read: "The Champions League match scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, between FC Barcelona and Napoli, will be played at Camp Nou behind closed doors." 

The tie currently stands at 1-1 before the Camp Nou leg, with the teams having drawn in Naples two weeks ago.

Napoli's own domestic fixtures have also been impacted by measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus with Italian Serie A matches and all sports events in the country suspended until at least 3 April.

Roma's home game with Sevilla in the Europa League on Thursday will also be played without fans in attendance.

Meanwhile, PSG have confirmed media access restrictions for the match against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

In Germany, Borussia Moenchengladbach will host Cologne in the Bundesliga in front of empty stands on Wednesday after the city ruled in favour of the ban due to the coronavirus.

The game, postponed last month following a storm warning, will be the first Bundesliga match played behind closed doors since the outbreak of the virus several weeks ago.

"We regret that it came to this but of course we are following the guidelines of the federal state. It was not an easy decision," mayor Hans Wilhelm Reiners said in a statement on Tuesday.

More games are expected to be played in empty stadiums over the weekend with local authorities in each German state responsible for the final decision.

Germany's Health Minister Jens Spahn has advised that meetings of more than 1,000 people should be cancelled.

The German Football League said on Monday it was in charge of making sure the games were held on the scheduled dates and it was up to local authorities to decide on the fans' entry or not.

Germany recorded its first two deaths from the virus on Monday as its overall number of new infections rose by 20% to 1,139, the latest signs that the epidemic is spreading rapidly in Europe's largest economy.

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